Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster
I think what Mac provides for this thread, aside from the standard for shell care, the wonderful pics of an awesome collection, and the simple words of congratulations and encouragement of our newest additions to our Alden collections, is a level of class and civility. He does in fact offer advice to questions regarding size, care, appropriate use of particular styles and shell colors, and other inquiries. However, the simplicity of his entries and the lack of emotional/rash response helps to keep us grounded in decency. I've gone back and read posts from years ago (presumably before Mac became a regular here) and was shocked to read the number of rude, obnoxious, profane, and abusive attacks people would make. I'm not saying he is completely responsible for the absence of those types of posts, but he certainly helps to set the tone of calm and civil discourse. I've seen very little of the mean-spirited back and forth recently. I've seen some instances where some have tried to get Mac to add to the insults and humiliation of others on posts, but he has never sunk that low (at least as far back as I have read). While I am pretty new to posting and interacting here, I've been reading for more than a year now. This is what I find most valuable about Mac's contributions.
Mac is a very decent man, both on this thread, and elsewhere. While I have never met him in person, I have shared numerous emails (started as PM's) with him - regarding Aldens, career, family, etc. - and, to that extent, have gotten to know him.
He has many Alden models many of us don't have and, quite frankly, many models many of us have never seen (at least not in person).
His civility is to be admired.